Clinical Radiation Oncology (RAD-102A)


The Department of Radiation Oncology treats over 250 patients daily, in ten therapy suites equipped with high-energy linear accelerators. Oncology patients are treated with radiation alone or with programs integrating surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The department uses state-of-the-art Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy in addition to other advanced treatment techniques including an active stereototactic radiosurgery program and Image Guided Radiation Therapy. The department works closely with a large medical physics staff, as well as surgeons and medical oncologists to accomplish its goals of cancer treatment. Medical students are integrated into the planning, treatment, and follow-through of the patients. As a result, students can expect to gain considerable clinical experience in the area of clinical oncology. Medical students also attend various didactic conferences highlighting the role of radiotherapy in the management of a wide array of cancers. Students will also have the opportunity to research a clinical topic and prepare a formal presentation to the department.

Learning Objectives

  1. Obtain a complete and reliable clinical oncology history, with attention to details particularly important in radiation oncology.

  2. Perform a focused and reliable oncologic examination in patients with multiple different types of cancers in various stages of presentation.

  3. Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and examination.

  4. Gain appreciation for the clinical workflow of radiation oncology, from consultation, to simulation, to treatment planning, and onto treatment.

  5. Prepare and present a well-researched topic of their interest that is highly relevant to radiation oncology to the department.

For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.